Michael Brendan Dougherty is trying to pigeonhole the “racist Right” as a bunch of dopes who are motivated by white resentment and who are satisfied with dog whistles. Granted, this might be true of some older people, but it doesn’t reflect our values and politics.
“The anti-racist Left and the racist Right made similar errors: Those arguing that Trump’s embrace of the white working class would result only in the GOP becoming a giant Southernized party of white resentment must be chastened by results showing a surge of non-white votes among Republicans, and the defection of white voters to the party criticizing white supremacy.”
On the contrary, this result wasn’t a surprise at all and was widely predicted in our circles before the election. Anyone who read this blog for four years, particularly during the 2020 campaign, could have seen the steady drift away from the GOP and toward the Democrats or not voting. It was reflected across what had previously been the Alt-Right who were furious with Donald Trump in 2020.
There was the massive disillusionment after Charlottesville and the 2018 midterms. There was Yang Gang. There was the cheerleading for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary. There was the ironic support for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to buy the election. Compared to the 2016 election, there was the total lack of interest in and engagement with Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign. It was crystal clear long before the 2020 election that the “racist Right” had changed its mind about Donald Trump.
The White male vote for Donald Trump slipped in the 2020 election. He didn’t hit the same margins that he racked up in 2016 due to his weakness with moderates and Independents. This is because something about Donald Trump’s image changed between 2016 and 2020. He came to be seen as less of a populist bomb thrower and champion of the “racist Right” and more as a mainstream conservative relentlessly pandering to every group in the country EXCEPT White men who he took for granted.
Did it help him with minorities? In Michigan, he picked up 3% of the black vote. In Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, he picked up 1% of the black vote. This could easily be a statistical anomaly. Congratulations, I suppose, on this 1% gain in 6% of the electorate in Wisconsin, 3% gain in 10% of the electorate in Michigan and 1% gain in 8% of the electorate. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, the black share of the electorate shrunk from 2016 while Independents flipped to Joe Biden.
What did Donald Trump offer the “racist Right” that would have encouraged them to vote for him? The tax cuts? Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem? The Platinum Plan and American Dream Plan? The loss of our free speech and freedom of assembly? Multiplying our enemies a thousand fold while monitoring the situation from the White House? The loss of hundreds of our monuments? Destroying Jeff Sessions? This is why so many people couldn’t be bothered to create a meme or remove themselves from the couch. By the 2020 election, even his tweets sucked as he impotently tweeted “Law and Order” hundreds of times while doing nothing about Black Lives Matter and Antifa burning down the country.
It is not a surprise at all that White men moved toward Joe Biden. It was his voters who were motivated to vote for him. Trump’s voters had to weigh whether the benefits of Trump were worth the costs. Is “owning the libs” worth putting up with four more years of Trump and Jared Kushner? Are we going to save the White race by voting for Donald Trump to implement Sheldon Adelson’s agenda?
“Similarly, those arguing that immigrants would not adopt Americanism as a political creed are rebuked by Trump’s expanded support in Hispanic communities. The anti-racist Left has a definition of anti-racism that is not intuitive to most people and appeals primarily to affluent whites. And the racist Right’s theory that American nationalism cannot appeal to non-whites is demonstrated to be wrong. …”
Donald Trump’s expanded support in Hispanic communities was due to the backlash against Black Lives Matter and Antifa. The polls showed that Hispanics were the group that was the most alienated by all the violence this summer whereas Whites remained polarized. Clearly, Hispanics were sick and tired of hearing 24/7 about white supremacy and systematic racism and how every black failure is due to a lack of “equity.” Why are blacks worshipped and put up on a pedestal by sycophantic White liberals in this country?
“The results of 2020’s presidential election are an inverse of Van Jones’ famous “whitelash” description of the 2016 contest. After years of studying white Americans- and practicing on Hungarians- Arthur Finkelstein and Donald Trump correctly concluded appealing to America’s long-ignored “forgotten” (white) man was the ticket to victory in 2016.
Throughout his presidency, and culminating in the 2020 election, he abandoned those working class whites he rode to victory four years previous. And it appears, at press time, that decision will cost him re-election. …
Trump’s base collapsed along class lines, too. Exit polls from the New York Times revealed that Biden beat Trump by +13 points among voters making between $50,000-$99,000; in other words, the working class.
The only income strata Trump won was the upper-middle class, those making between $100,000 and $199,000.This class divide makes sense in light of the Trump administration’s handling of coronavirus relief. Instead of extending unemployment benefits to working Americans put out of work by coronavirus-related lockdowns, the Trump administration chose to allow the benefits to lapse, with Republicans vowing to stop the benefit extension ‘over [their] dead bodies.’ …
The truth about why Trump lost is important. It wasn’t mail in ballots, Democrat controlled cities, or dead voters- though those perpetual democratic foibles didn’t help. Trump lost because his administration and campaign abandoned the white voters he used to get elected in the first place- and, most importantly, we recognized the trick and didn’t fall for it a second time. …”
There were multiple backlashes in the 2020 election.
The Hispanic backlash worked in his favor. The White backlash against finkelthink did not. Ron Unz was right about Hispanics and the bizarre relationship between White liberals and blacks. Hispanics were alienated by these repulsive Woke Whites especially those that already have some experience with the outcome of communism in Latin America. No one likes these people.
“It’s a bit surreal to be sitting here at the termination point of Trump’s presidency. Seems like only yesterday we were riding the zeitgeist of 2016-2017 energy, enthusiastically meming a pompous orange blowhard into office for the sheer Hell of it while chanting obscene limericks at the paintsuited libtard avatar of Hilary Clinton. Four years later and it all came to an anti-climactic, humiliating end for a post-modern spectacle of a “leader” who confused late night Tweeting with actual governance of the country. In the eerie stillness of “God Emperor Trump’s” final reduction to a mangled wreck on the floor of the Vengeful Spirit in the wake of the Biden Heresy, I find myself reflecting on his presidency, how he came to be, and how he met his fate.
In a way, I think the Donald Trump ascendancy represents both the power and dangerous seduction of meme culture. Trump support began as performative trolling, as a middle finger to the establishment. No one really believed Trump was going to deliver on his overblown rhetoric, but as the train picked up momentum people began to take their own memes too seriously and believe their own fantastical hype about border walls and swamp-draining. Given the choice though, it was perfectly rational to elect an orange reality TV star trafficking in populism and nationalist ideas because this was at the very least a spin at the roulette wheel, or so it seemed. Trump was a vehicle for expressing genuine dissent at the political system itself while also providing a potential chance at real-world change beyond the bloviating rhetoric.
Except this was a lie and within two years of his presidency none of his dissident right-wing supporters saw him as anything more than another hopelessly compromised conman working to protect a certain foreign government that isn’t in Eastern Europe and is definitely in the Middle East. Syrian missile strikes and seemingly bottomless boons for Israel engineered by Trump’s Jewish son-in-law brought the curtains of a depressing reality down over the hopes for anything new in American politics. Hopes were immediately replaced by copes, and before long “plan-trusting” was itself a pejorative lobbed in the direction of “MAGA-tards” still desperately huddled around the quickly fading embers of 2016’s meme energy. True right-wing dissidents abandoned ship and wrote off Trump as the ineffectual bloviating retard he was and the last wisps of that ol’ 4chan magic faded away. …”
Is Vox Day still calling him the God Emperor?